Two of Alpena's favorite actors are teaming up once again on stage for Thunder Bay Theatre's final show of the spring season, "Spreading it Around."
Bunny Lyon and David Usher will star in this screwball comedy by Canadian playwright Londos D'Arrigo. It opens Thursday for a two-week run.
"The play is absolutely hysterical," said first-time director Nickie Hilton, a seasoned TBT actress and member of the core company.
Alpena favorites David Usher and Bunny Lyon will perform together in Thunder Bay Theatre’s new show, “Spreading it Around.” The five-person show opens Thursday.
Angie and Martin, the characters played by Lyon and Usher, are two wealthy retirees who have relocated to Florida. They have decided to spread their money around to help others rather than leave it to their ungrateful children a plan that doesn't go over well with the offspring.
Fearing they will lose their inheritance, Angie's greedy son, Larry (played by John Martin) and his shopaholic wife, Traci (played by Kendra McInerney) show up to try to have her committed for incompetence. Turning the tables, Angela shows them just how competent she is, and then shows them the door, though not before they bring in a psychiatrist, Dr. Krapinsky (played by Rick Messler), to aid their cause.
"My character has been a widower for just seven weeks," said Usher of his latest role at TBT. "He's depressed and out of sorts, feeling totally useless."
"I'm a very independent, busy, totally self-confident woman who's just going along in life and seldom sees her children," said Lyon of her respective part.
When Angie grows tired of footing the bills and handing out money to her unappreciative children, she and some of the other residents start the S.I.N. (Spending It Now) Foundation, an organization that gives to those really in need.
"There are a lot of funny lines in the show, and some poignant parts, too, with just how Angie has to come to terms with her children," said Lyon. "I think there are some wonderful double-entendres in it."
"I think it's touching and hysterical," agreed Usher.
Lyon and Usher appeared together two years ago in TBT's two-person winter fundraiser, "Scenery." They also both performed in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
Run dates for "Spreading it Around" are April 28-May 1 and May 5-8. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call the TBT box office at 354-2267.